Society of Kingdom Minds "The Power of the Covenant"
The power of the Covenant
—1 Corinthians 12:12, 25-26 Just as a body, though one has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ . . . 25 So that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other . . . 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
Covenant is such a powerful and bonding agreement that it affects every person affiliated with us.
The Word of God declares in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12,
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor : If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
The cord of three strands represents covenant.
… Covenant strength causes the kingdom of God to multiply as others are drawn to it.
FOUR ESSENTIAL POINTS ABOUT COVENANT POWER from - Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
There are three identifiably different strands, yet they always flow in the same direction. Proverbs 29:18 states, “If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; but when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed” (MSG).
The fact that people attend the same church, know the lingo, and can recite biblical doctrine does not make them a unified team.
A covenant team knows the vision and their part in that vision, and it embraces both.
While the three cords are separate, there is always contact between them.
… the truth is that the enemy does not have to exert a lot of energy to keep poor communication alive.
Communication entails so much more than the words we say.
…It also includes our motives, reasoning, intent, countenance, voice, distractions, the perceptions of the other person, and the list goes on.
James 3:16 warns, “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work” (KJV).
The three cords of the string are always involved in the same things, indicating teamwork or collaboration.
Do you recall the account of a period in history when the whole world had one language?
Collaboration or teamwork is a powerful and vital part of a successful covenant.
If as leaders, we lose sight of the value and importance of every member of our team, we lose sight of our covenant obligations.
It will be necessary to search our hearts to find the hidden pride that excludes individuals, destroys the team if not eradicated, and ruins collaboration.
When unity is absent, the vision becomes divided.
… and a house divided cannot stand!! (aren’t we seeing more division since COVID in our nations, churches, between believers and even family!!)
… DIVISION Weakens and ultimately destroys
As the three cords flow freely together, entwined in unity, they strengthen and protect.
Team members will defend others by guarding their tongues.
Protection. The power of unity protects the weak, wounded, young, and those unaware of the danger.
… - “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13).
Laying down my life may not always include dying for a friend, but at one time or another it will require that I choose to lay down my own issues, my feelings, and my rights for the protection of the (TEAMS’) covenant unity.
TWO KEYS TO RELEASING THE POWER OF COVENANT
Matthew 18:19-20, “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gathers in my name, there am I with them.”
Jesus desires a unified body, not “pew partners,” who talk about unity like its an unattainable phenomenon.
There is an incorrect assumption that to be in unity everyone must agree.
… it is unrealistic to presume that everyone must think the same way.
On the subject of unity, allow me to interject that one of the ways the enemy attacks unity is by leading members - to believe that forming strong bonds within the body of Christ is wrong and dangerous.
Many Christian leaders avoid building relationships in their ministry, maintaining the distance between themselves and others for fear of getting hurt or promoting a spirit of familiarity.
…Let me put your mind at ease: you will get hurt in your covenant relationships as we are all humans prone to err.
Learn how to handle the conflict in a way that brings glory to God and peace in the union.
If you are one chosen to have a covenant friendship with a ministry leader, recognize your special call and conduct yourself ….